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June 7th, 2011

Brookville council hires Weaver as part-time police officer

June 7, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Almost a year after he was denied a full-time job as a police officer in Punxsy, Sean Weaver has a job in Brookville.

After calling an executive session to discuss personnel matters Tuesday, Brookville Borough Council hired Weaver as a part-time police officer for the Brookville Borough Police Department.

Weaver worked as a Pennsylvania State Police officer from 1991 to 2010, after which he retired and worked for Punxsy police on a part-time basis.

UP FROM THE ASHES

June 7, 2011

Crews from Dobson Construction continued work Friday on building at the site of the former New Anchor Inn, according to owner Dave Setree. He said crews have already removed debris from the former more-than-50-year-old restaurant destroyed by a fire in November 2010 and have poured footers and placed beams for the deck floor. Setree said a new establishment owned by his family will hopefully be completed by January 2012.

Committees outline upcoming summer projects

June 7, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The approach of summer means the approach of construction, as discussed Tuesday by members of Punxsutawney Borough Council’s Public Safety and Public Works committees.

Borough Manager Ben White said Public Works crews are almost done painting crosswalks throughout the borough.

He also said he received a request from PennDOT District 10 about painting crosswalks on Mahoning Street where the traffic signal upgrade project will take place.

June 6th

HIGH-FIVE WIN

June 6, 2011

Punxsy senior Devan Neal (right) high-fives first base coach Dan Furman after he hit a two-run single in the second inning during the first round of the PIAA Class AAA baseball playoffs Monday in Brockway. Neal had three of the Chucks' 15 hits, and Punxsy advanced to the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2007 with an 11-1 victory in five innings over Hampton.

Police: Hitch trailers up securely for a safe ride

June 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the summer traveling season upon us, many drivers will be hauling various sized trailers on area highways. The question is, are those trailers safe?

Punxsutawney Borough Police officer Kirk Brudnock, a trained expert regarding trailer safety, said many trailers both large and small are improperly hitched up.

Brudnock said one of the most important pieces of equipment involved with the hitch is the safety chains.

Fresh Air Fund seeks host families

June 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Have you ever thought of what it would be like to never be able to go swimming, horseback riding, or even feel the grass in between your toes? Unfortunately, some children from inner cities such as New York have never been able to do these things. Fortunately, you can be the person to help these kids gain a whole new experience of what life outside the city is like by becoming a host family.

The Fresh Air Fund is seeking host families to provide a home and an unforgettable summer experience to children.

June 5th

Toaster the cause of Mahoning Towers fire

June 5, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It was no false alarm at Mahoning Towers Sunday morning when an appliance fire damaged an apartment around 7:30 a.m.

Punxsutawney Assistant Fire Chief Scott Depp said a toaster caught fire in apartment 402 and caused some fire damage in the kitchen area, especially the cupboards.

Depp said Punxsutawney Borough Police were first on the scene and knocked down the fire with an extinguisher.

Just Splashin' Around

June 5, 2011

Opening weekend at the George C. Brown Community Pool, located on Cypress Street, was a big success as the warm temperatures brought a large crowd to the local swimming hole Saturday and Sunday. Shown are some young swimming enthusiasts enjoying their summer vacation at the pool (front, from left): Hayden Terres, Carter Newcome, Makayla Smith and Ella Newcome, (back) Austin Troutman, Lexi Dunlap and Ryan Ransom.

Way Back When

June 5, 2011

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
March 4, 1896

Perry Brink Dead
Perry Brink, well-known all over Jefferson county, died at his home near Horatio last Thursday of dropsy, aged seventy-four years, and was buried in the Clayville cemetery on Sunday.

June 3rd

Grandfather’s battle with Parkinson’s inspires Punxsy man to row for Fox Foundation

June 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It’s taken years of dreaming, about a year of planning and a few weeks of delays, but Michael Cherian has finally embarked on a two-month, 2,000-mile canoe journey that will take him to New Orleans.

Cherian, who is undertaking the canoe trip to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, launched his modified canoe — dubbed “Steady Eddie” — into the Allegheny River from a boat landing in Harmar.

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